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2023 Baltimore Crankie Festival


Sun, Jan 8th 2:00 pm in the The Theater

General Admission Tickets
Member Tickets
Virtual Ticket (SAT 8PM)
Virtual Member Ticket (SAT 8PM)
Baltimore Crankie Fest 2023

Watch the world’s greatest stories unroll before your eyes! Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas, known as “crankies,” returns for its 9th year of fireside wonder!

The festival, the largest of its kind in the country, works with artists to showcase crankies from Baltimore and beyond! A crankie is basic in concept: it is a scroll that provides the visual narration to a story or song. Versions of the crankie have been around for hundreds of years, if not longer; their most recent iteration is directly linked to moving panoramas popular in the 19th Century. In recent years, artists have begun to embrace the intimacy of the format, creating multi-layered, immersive experiences for audiences.

4 Shows!
FRI JAN 6 – 8pm
SAT JAN 7 – 4pm  ** SOLD OUT **
SAT JAN 7 – 8pm
SUN JAN 8 – 2pm
Virtual: SAT JAN 6 – 8pm
All performances feature the same lineup of artists and musicians!

Early Bird Tickets
  • General Admission Ticket $23
  • Member Ticket $20
  • General Admission Ticket $25
  • Member Ticket $20
2023 Crankie Fest Artists


Plus special guests, surprises and wonders galore!

View artist bios here!

Special Thank You!

This Festival is produced in partnership with the Center for Cultural Vibrancy, whose work aims to create a more empathetic world where people respect and celebrate one another’s cultural expressions through the sharing of traditional arts, customs, and lore that promote cultural exchange and understanding and honor artistic mastery.

Center For Cultural Vibrancy

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